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Chart News: Rick Ross Scores Fourth No. 1 Album with ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’


MMG’s leader claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don’t opens in the top spot with his largest opening-week sum.

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Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Fortune claims the top spot, selling 134,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album follow his last release, and first No.1, F.A.M.E., which launched with 270, 000 in 2011.

Billboard notes that Brown is the second R&B star to score a No. 1 debut with comparably soft numbers within the last month. Four weeks ago, Usher’s latest, Looking 4 Myself, bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 128,000 — a significant slide from the 329,000 start for Raymond v. Raymond in 2010.

If you haven’t already check out my review of Breezy’s Fortune.

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Chart News| Adam Lambert’s ‘Trespassing’ Debuts at No.1

Adam Lambert scores his first No. 1 album as Trespassing, his sophomore set, debuts atop Billboard’s Top 200 with 77,000 copies sold. Trespassing’s arrival ends fellow Idol alum Carrie Underwood’s two-week reign of the list, as Blown Away falls 1-3 with 54,000. Read the rest of this entry

Chart News: Carrie Underwood Takes Control of Billboard 200

Carrie Underwood scores her third No.1 album as her fourth set, Blown Away, debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Chart News: Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the debut of MDNA.

Released March 26, MDNA sold 359,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming Madonna’s fifth consecutive No. 1 debut. It follows 2008’s Hard Candy, which moved 280,000 in its first week. MDNA posts her best sales week since 2000’s Music shifted 420,000 when it debuted at No. 1.

Madonna remains in second place among women with the most No. 1 albums. She now needs only one more No. 1 to tie Barbra Streisand, the leader among women with nine chart-toppers, according to Billboard.

Across the pond, MDNA opened atop the U.K. albums chart, becoming her 12th chart-topper in the country.  With this feat, Madonna overtook Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. The album sold 56,000 copies last week, according to the Official Charts Company.

Madonna’s span of album bestsellers began in September 1985, when “Like A Virgin” climbed to the summit, ten months after it first charted. She achieved two further No. 1 albums in the 1980s, three in the 1990s (including the “Evita” soundtrack, which also featured other artists), and five in the 2000s. She now pulls clear of Presley’s collection of 11 titles.

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Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100

In a week where Adele reigns supreme on Billboard’s Top 200, Katy Perry rockets to the top spot on the Hot 100 with “Part of Me,” the lead single from her Teenage Dream re-release, The Complete Confection (due March 27).

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Drake’s ‘Take Care’ Blasts Onto Billboard 200

As expected, Drake’s Take Care lands at No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200 this week.

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Chart News: Mac Miller’s ‘Blue Slide Park’ Tops Billboard 200

Indie rapper Mac Miller has  a lot to celebrate this week. His first album, Blue Slide Park, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 144,000 copies. Though a softer entry than some industry sources expected, Miller can rest knowing Blue Slide Park is the first independently-distributed debut album by an act to hit No. 1 since 1995.

The last (and only previous) was Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food.” It started in the penthouse on the chart dated Nov. 18, 1995, with 278,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Dogg” was released on Death Row/Interscope, but independently distributed via Priority. “Blue Slide” is a Rostrum Records release, distributed by INgrooves via Fontana Distribution (Universal Music Group Distribution’s indie arm).

“Blue Slide” is the second indie-distributed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this year, following Cake’s “Showroom of Compassion.” The latter arrived atop the tally on the list dated Jan. 29, 2011. Last year, we saw three indie leaders: Vampire Weekend’s “Contra,” the charity compilation “Hope for Haiti Now” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”   – Billboard